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Down but not out!

After two weeks of not being able to run or jog due to firstly a slight shin splint injury and then a bad knee injury. I'm happy to say that I'm making a slow but arduious recovery. I'm not even sure what the knee injury was. I only know that I had a problem bending my right knee which would swell to the size of an orange when I walked or when I did spinning or running.

At one point the pain was so bad that a work colleague suggested that I should invest in a tube of Deep Relief with Ibuporfen from Boots and use something frozen out of the freezer to apply to the swollen area. It all worked but I hated the fact that I was inactive and not doing very much. And I have to say I did work my way through a few packs of Pringles to compansate.

Eventually, I took up swimming to see if this would alivate any of the problem, whilst still keeping me active. So having taken sometime out of training and with the pain down to stiff joints and the swelling has gone down and I can bend my knee fully without wanting to pass out. I decided its time to get back in the saddle.

By now I'm missing NHS Couch to 5K routine, so when my sister suggested we visit her local gym. I jumped at the chance, to throw on my gym gear and get on a treadmill. I have to say I was anxious as hell but when we arrived at the gym. I saw the row of treadmill machines and nearly blabbed like a baby. Yep, I became slightly teary eyed at the thought of being able to run, even if only for a few minutes.

I had a lot of 'what ifs' floating in my head. But I decided to bite the bullet and see if I could run for 10 minutes. I had a slight twinge to begin with but I kept it at a slow pace and pushed the incline button up by one. After a few minutes, my adrenaline kicked in and I began to feel my old running vibe coming back. It was slow bu I'm happy to say I managed to do two sessions of 10 minutes.

I'm down but not out............. well not yet anyway!

4 Replies

Nice to see you back. Take care out there!


I recently had a knee injury and what helped me was stretching properly before starting my runs, and also wearing a bandage while I run. Maybe you could try the same?


Welcome back! Take it slow and good luck :)


Thanks folks for comments and words of wisdom.:)


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